Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

November 01, 2016 09:46 ET

Canada Revenue Agency announces maximum pensionable earnings for 2017

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 1, 2016) - Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency announced today that the maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for 2017 will be $55,300, up from $54,900 in 2016. The new ceiling was calculated using a CPP legislated formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada.

Contributors who earn more than $55,300 in 2017 are not required or permitted to make additional contributions to the CPP.

The basic exemption amount for 2017 remains $3,500.

The employee and employer contribution rates for 2017 will remain unchanged at 4.95%. The self-employed contribution rate will remain unchanged at 9.9%.

The maximum employer and employee contribution to the CPP for 2017 will be $2,564.10 each. The maximum self-employed contribution will be $5,128.20. The maximums in 2016 were $2,544.30 and $5,088.60, respectively.

Quick facts

  • The CPP applies in every province and territory in Canada with the exception of Quebec, where the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) provides similar pensions and benefits.
  • Every employed Canadian over the age of 18 must contribute to the CPP (QPP for those employed in Quebec) to qualify for a retirement pension.
  • Contributions to the CPP end when a contributor turns 70.
  • The CPP provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits and pensions to contributors and their families.

Associated links

- Canada Pension Plan (CRA)

- Canada Pension Plan (Service Canada)

- Types of Pension Plans (Service Canada)

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    Canada Revenue Agency
    613-952-9184